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Turning food waste to fuel at Hotel Blackfoot

April 25, 2018

Hotel Blackfoot is saving costs while saving the environment, thanks to technology from Eco-Growth.

When the City of Calgary mandated all businesses to offset their organic waste in November of last year, Hotel Blackfoot general manager Scott Warner says the team wanted to find a better solution than just hauling away the hotel’s organic waste.

Enter Eco-Growth, a team of innovators that are creating new ways to define being green. One such invention, dubbed EGOR (Eco-Growth Organic Reactor), is a mass dehydration system that reduces all organic waste – food, napkins, and yard waste -- into completely dry, pathogen-free biomass. Eco-Growth picks up the biomass and returns it to its parent company in Northeast Calgary, industrial laundry service Executive Mat, where they wash 45 tonnes of mats a day. The biomass is used to generate heat for this process.

In the first month that Hotel Blackfoot had EGOR onsite, it offset 5.4 tonnes of waste. The hotel continues to offset an average of 180 kg per day.

Glen Smith is the VP of Business Development at Eco-Growth. “For the past seven years, we’ve been responsible for taking waste from our clients at no charge, and converting it from landfill waste to energy,” he says.

“We don’t use any natural gas in any of our laundry service.”

Scott says the hotel is working on bringing in a boiler system from Eco-Growth, so that they may use their own biomass to heat water in the kitchen, further reducing Hotel Blackfoot’s carbon footprint and creating a closed loop cycle within its own walls.

“It’s good to be nice to the planet you’re supposed to be living on for the next 50 to 1,000 years,” Scott says. “And it makes economic sense to us as well, providing a tangible monetary return.”


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The True Cost Documentary & Panel

April 27, 2018 - April 27, 2018

cSpace Theatre
1721 29 Avenue SW

The True Cost is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

The True Cost screening will begin at 6:30pm, with doors opening at 6:00. The first 30 people in the door will receive a gift bag filled with wonderful treats.

There will be a panel discussion following the documentary, diving deeper into ethical fashion and sustainability. Thomas Mo of Alberta Apparel, Poppy Barley, Kristi Woo of Riyoko, Stephanie Jackman of REAP will be there to share their experiences and thoughts on the fashion industry, and talk about the future of fashion.

Thank you to our sponsor, The Grinning Goat, for making this evening happen.

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